6 Halloween Activities for Kids That Aren’t Scary

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Halloween can be a bit scary for preschoolers and kids of all ages. For many this will be the first time they see a witch by the door , a ghost hanging from a tree and goblins walking around the streets!  Young children already have a difficult time distinguishing between what is real and what is not, and this is one holiday that can make the line between reality and fantasy even more blurred! But you can still have a frighteningly good time without monsters, ghouls, goblins  and gore!

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Photo courtesy Erik (HASH) Hersman via Flickr

Below are six, non-scary Halloween activities that make this creepy holiday a lot more kid-friendly while still being fun!

1. Pumpkin Fun
This is the season where pumpkins are everywhere and there are all sorts of non-scary and fun pumpkin activities you can do with these big orange gourds. From designing and carving (or decorating) a jack o lantern, to playing games such as ‘pin the stem on the pumpkin’ and ‘going on a pumpkin hunt’! Make sure to visit the pumpkin patch, and don’t forget about those roasted pumpkin seeds!  Yum!

2. Watch a Kid-friendly Halloween Movie
Pop some popcorn, turn off the light s and get ready to enjoy a fun evening with your family. Turn the evening into a movie watching event with two or three Halloween-themed movies for kids, popcorn, drinks, blankets and pillows.  If your kids are old enough to not scare too easily, consider a movie with just a bit of scare! Check out some of our favorites:

Non-Scary Movies For Very Young Children Rated G
Monsters, Inc.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Casper
Frankenweenie
Curious George: A Halloween Boo-fest
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The Worst Witch

Slightly Scary movies for Kids rated PG
The Nightmare Before Christmas;
Gremlins
The Corpse Bride
GhostBusters
Monster House
Beetlejuice
Hocus Pocus

3. Go On a Hayride (Non-Haunted)
Enjoy a hayride through the woods on a crisp Fall afternoon or early evening. Many pumpkin patches, apple orchards and Fall Festivals offer these kid-friendly hayrides that are not spooky. Just make sure to ask if there will be any scary surprises!

4. Go to A Fall Festival
Many school and churches are offering fun-filled Fall festivals as an alternative to more scary Halloween activities and even trick-or-treating. Gather the family and head to one of the outdoor festivals where you will find treats, games, rides and more. You may want to check the costume requirements. I know that many churches that hold these festivals will not allow scary costumes, but it never hurts to make sure.

5. Host a Halloween Party
Send out invitations and get ready to host Halloween at your house! Make sure you specify non-scary costumes! Kids can help make and hang decorations, put together treat bags, plan activities and cook non-scary Halloween-themed food. Activities can include games such as the classic Bobbing for Apples, Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin, and even bust a pumpkin piñata! Plan a movie, have prizes for the best costumes and set up a scavenger hunt candy search! Tip: instead of bobbing for apples with mouths, use a fish net and let the kids fish the apples out!

6. Create Halloween Crafts and Treats
Kids love cooking and crafting and when it comes to Halloween there are all sorts of cute crafts and recipes you can make together! Avoid the treats that look like blood and brains, and focus on cute and healthy! Some examples include: Ghost Bananas where you peel the banana and add chocolate chips for the mouth and eyes. Orange Pumpkins where you peel an orange, and stick a small piece of celery in the middle for the stem. For crafts you can make pumpkins out of paper plates, or help your little one create their own Halloween mask to get them used to the idea of seeing kids in masks.